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Irna - le 11 April 2011

Hi Abacus,

thank you for this in-depth analysis. What surprises me much is this: "è stata avviata in parallelo anche una ricerca antropologica sui resti umani ritrovati in prossimità degli stećak" (in parallel was launched also an anthropological study of human remains found in the vicinity of the stećak). I don’t know how it is in your country, but I know for sure that in France you can’t go like that excavating human remains in a medieval graveyard and sending them to analysis, even if you are an archaeologist rather than a dentist or an architect... You need official authorizations, and a project backed by a scientific institution. As far as I know, the Foundation does not have permits to excavate elsewhere than at Pljesevica and Vratnica. But maybe the Zavicajni Muzej in Visoko is behind that; after all, that would not be the first time that Senad Hodovic gives his support to a pseudoscientific enterprise...

Cordially, Irna

Abacus goes around in ever-decreasing spirals
Abacus - le 11 April 2011

Hi Irna,

In my country, too, there are many problems and difficulties concerned with the study of human remains. You have to follow set procedures and protocols, and there are numerous permissions and licences to be obtained before any research can be carried out. Certainly, I don’t know quite what the position is as regards taking human remains from Bosnia to be carbon dated in Hungary.

Over the last few weeks, however, Professor Debertolis has been at pains to emphasize that he is not so much a dentist, more a forensic odontologist. And, as you explain in your article, "The Dentist, the Architect", he runs a medico-legal odontology course (as described in the link below), and must therefore be perfectly aware of the various legal procedures and requirements associated with ancient human remains. I’m certain, therefore, that we can rest assured that he and his colleagues have followed these to the letter, and have complied fully with all legal requirements.

Of course, one would feel even more reassured about this project if one could only be certain of the official involvement of the University of Trieste and Milan Polytechnic, rather than merely of some individuals who simply happen to work for those establishments. As you know, I have so far been unable to find any evidence that this is the case - although I shall, of course, continue to look.